Cyclingnews TV   News  Tech   Features   Road   MTB   BMX   Cyclo-cross   Track    Photos    Fitness    Letters   Search   Forum  

Recently on

Mont Ventoux
Photo ©: Sirotti

 UCI codes explained

Results and reports from Australia

Promoters wishing to submit results should send them to Cyclingnews

Illawarra Cycle Club Scratch Race

, March 30, 2008

Marshall mount hill makes for hard racing

There was a great turnout as the Illawarra Cycling club extended its race distance to include the infamous Marshall Mount hill. While the hill is short, its severity never fails to put the hurt into the legs and sort the strong from the weak. The A grade even was run at a blistering pace with much of the 23 strong field spread into single file as riders tried to save there energy sheltering from the wind. Tim Morris and Matt Hennessey opened up the first serious attack on the first ascent of Marshall Mount, but this break was soon reeled in. Soon after Danny Hennessey, Scott Bradburn and Keith Bennett made a dangerous move that shot out to 30 seconds.

The breaks lead was slowly being reduced, and with the second and final ascent of Marshall Mount Eric Haakonseen exploded form the bunch to bridge the gap. Behind, riders were left scrambling to close the gaps with Chris Nicholson putting in some strong turns to close the gap.

With 5km the break was finally brought back, but many in the field were fatigued from the effort. In the final sprint Vince Morrisey jumped early and looked to have the race won, but Morris bridged the gap to take the win on the line.

In B grade the harder course showed that hard work does pay off. There are not many people that consider riding to work, and less still when it involves riding up Macquarie Pass. But that is one of the many rides that Alan Vucko includes in his training regime. The strength and grit obtained from such challenges shown through as Alan took an impressive solo victory. In second place, leading the bunch home with an impressive turn of speed was Tom Cranston closely followed by John Danzo.

The C grade race started at a blistering pace with Mark Cranston determined to make good on pre-race jokes about attacking from the start. The descent down Marshall Mount saw the bunch split in two with Kirsten Arnold, Leigh Jackson and Craig Brown trailing. At the bottom of Marshall Mount, the pressure was maintained and only Leigh Jackson and Craig Brown were able to rejoin the bunch.

The pressure was applied again to the much smaller bunch and continued all the way back out to Marshall Mount when Brown attacked again despite some desperate blocking attempts. Once again, Beard led the bunch and reigned Brown back in.

David Russell lead-out in the sprint and was overtaken by Beard within sight of the line. Beard went on to win, Russell came through for second and Brown followed for third.


A Grade - 44Km
1 Tim Morris (Illawarra)                
2 Vincent Morrissey (Illawarra)         
3 Danny Hennessy (Illawarra)            
4 Eric Haakonssen (Illawarra)           
5 Dan McNamara (Illawarra)              
6 Chris Nicholson (Illawarra)           
7 Mathew Hennessy (Nowra)               
8 Joshua Carlson (Illawarra)            
9 Keith Bennett (Illawarra)             
10 Jeffrey Gray                         
11 Scott Bradburn (Illawarra)           
12 Seth Collins (Sutherland Shire)      
13 Graham Rutter (Sutherland Shire)     
14 Paul Traynor (Illawarra)             
15 Tony Pulo (Illawarra)                
16 Daniel Silveri (Illawarra)           
17 Roger Ocvirk (Illawarra)             
18 Andrew Rutty (Nowra)                 
19 Joe Williams (Illawarra)             
20 Hans Battaerd (Illawarra)            
DNF Emma Lovelock (Sutherland Shire)    
DNF John Hardwick (Illawarra)           
DNF Stephen Hunter (Illawarra)          
B Grade - 44Km
1 Alan Vucko (Illawarra)                
2 Thomas Cranston (Illawarra)           
3 John Danzo (Illawarra)                
4 Richard Lorenc (Illawarra)            
5 Frank Tortorici (Illawarra)           
6 Diego Diaz (Illawarra)                
7 Tony Burke (Illawarra)                
8 Gavin Drury (Illawarra)               
9 Philip Jones (Illawarra)              
10 Michael Comensoli (Illawarra)        
11 Dean Kelly (Illawarra)               
12 Lou Jonceski (Illawarra)             
13 Brian Joyce (Illawarra)              
14 Lionel Covington (Illawarra)         
15 Joe Chiaverini (Illawarra)           
C Grade - 44Km
1 Isaac Beard (Illawarra)               
2 David Russell (Illawarra)             
3 Craig Brown (Illawarra)               
4 Edward Baird (Illawarra)              
5 Wally Erven (Illawarra)               
6 Leigh Jackson (Illawarra)             
7 Kirsten Arnold (Illawarra)            
8 Peter Vesel (Illawarra)               
DNF Mark Cranston (Illawarra)           
DNF Ian (Roger) Phillips (Illawarra)    
D Grade - 44Km
1 Elizabeth Bevan (Illawarra)           
2 David Allen (Illawarra)               
3 Juan Ruiz (Illawarra)                 
4 Jenni Vaughan-Floyd (Illawarra)       
5 Gratian Punch (Illawarra)             
Junior - 9.0km
1 Hugh Vaughan-Floyd (Illawarra)        
2 Miranda Vaughan-Floyd (Illawarra)     
3 Sari Rose Mitrevski (Illawarra)